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Downtown Speaker Series focuses on neuroscience, journalism

November 13, 2008

Edward Sylvester teaches that there’s beauty in simplicity and it’s a message everyone can apply to their occupation.

Sylvester, a journalism professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will discuss “Neuroscience and Journalism” as part of The Barrett Downtown Speaker Series. The hour-long discussion starts at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 14 at the College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, 500 N. 3rd St., room 344/348. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Barrett Downtown Speaker Series brings cutting-edge faculty research to Barrett students and the ASU community. The series, which started August 26 with School of Public Affairs faculty and Fulbright fellow Dr. Chris Herbst analyzing U.S. and Danish social policy regimes, hosts a monthly lunch-time speaker in varied fields.

Sylvester hopes nursing students will particularly benefit from his presentation.

“Nurses, more than anyone in the medical profession, must be able to relate complicated medical knowledge accurately but simply to patients and their families, often during stressful emergencies when they’re not be functioning at their highest,” Sylvester said, “so like journalists they must translate the complex for lay audiences. We both aim, in the words of Ernest Hemingway, to simplify, simplify, simplify.”

Sylvester has written four popular books on science and medicine, two of which were nominated by the publisher for the Pulitzer Prize. He has also taught science and medical writing to ASU students from many disciplines since 1999.

The Barrett Downtown Speaker Series

Where: College of Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, 500 N. 3rd St., Room 344/348

When: 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14

Admission: Free

Information: (602) 496-0557 or